Continuing to place importance on supporting players in the early rounds of the tournament, Wimbledon announces a record 40,35 million GBP (roughly 50.5 million USD) total prize money fund for 2022, but the compensation for singles champions will be decreased compared to the pre-pandemic amount.
For the first time in three years the Championships will be staged in front of a full capacity crowd and the vast majority of players will receive more money for their participation at the Grand Slam. That’s a good incentive for players, given that they will not be earning ranking points this year in London, since the WTA and ATP sanctioned the major as a response to the tournament banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from participation.
The women’s and men’s singles champions will earn 2 million GBP in 2022, a 14.9% drop compared to 2019, the most recent full capacity Championships, but a 17.6% increase compared to 2021 when Ashleigh Barty and Novak Djokovic triumphed. Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Runner-ups and semifinalists will also receive less prize money than in 2019, 10.6% and 9% less, respectively, but all the other players will get more, especially those in qualifying. In the main draw, the increase ranges from 11% in the first round to 5.4% in the quarterfinals, while players in qualifying will enjoy an increase of up to 57.1% compared to the pre-pandemic compensation.
The total prize money on offer in the wheelchair and quad wheelchair events is up 40.1% over 2019 (comprising both increased prize money and the doubling of the quad wheelchair singles and quad wheelchair doubles draws).
Here you can see a full breakdown of prize money at Wimbledon 2022.
A Tennis Forum member made this neat chart which shows the evolution of women’s tennis prize money at Wimbledon from 2004 to this day. You can see that the champion’s prize money peaked in the 2017-2019 period, while players in the first round of qualifying are now seeing a 633% increase over 2017.